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Pronunciation:  i`loomu'neyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
  2. [n]  the luminous flux incident on a unit area
  3. [n]  an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding; "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"
  4. [n]  the degree of visibility of your environment
  5. [n]  a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God's light"

ILLUMINATION is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: clarification, elucidation, illuminance, miniature
 See Also: brightness, brightness level, condition, dark, darkness, disambiguation, interpretation, light, light, lighting, luminance, luminosity, luminousness, painting, picture, state, status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Il*lu`mi*na"tion\, n. [L. illuminatio: cf. F.
1. The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the
   state of being illuminated.

2. Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.

3. Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored
   illustrations. See {Illuminate}, v. t., 3.

4. That which is illuminated, as a house; also, an ornamented
   book or manuscript.

5. That which illuminates or gives light; brightness;
   splendor; especially, intellectual light or knowledge.

         The illumination which a bright genius giveth to his
         work.                                 --Felton.

6. (Theol.) The special communication of knowledge to the
   mind by God; inspiration.

         Hymns and psalms . . . are framed by meditation
         beforehand, or by prophetical illumination are
         inspired.                             --Hooker.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a strange illumination in your dream, foretells experience of distress, failure and trouble. Seeing an illuminated face means unfinished business that must be tended to immediately.
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